That was Quick: Fox News Hires Juan Williams

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Just one day after getting fired from National Public Radio for making comments about Muslims while appearing on Fox News, Juan Williams has a new, big bucks job -- at Fox News.

The news network announced on Thursday night it has signed Williams, who has appeared on Fox throughout the years as an analyst, to a three-year $2 million deal.

Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes said, "Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis."

NPR fired Williams on Wednesday for comments he made Monday on Bill O'Reilly's show.

"Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot," Williams said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

In firing Williams, NPR said he broke the rules about its news people keeping their personal views to themselves. "His remarks on 'The O'Reilly Factor' this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."

Now Sarah Palin is jumping into the controversy, writing on her Facebook page that it's time to end government funding of NPR:

If NPR is unable to tolerate an honest debate about an issue as important as Islamic terrorism, then it’s time for “National Public Radio” to become “National Private Radio.” It’s time for Congress to defund this organization.

NPR says its mission is “to create a more informed public,” but by stifling debate on these issues, NPR is doing exactly the opposite. President Obama should make clear his commitment to free and honest discussion of the jihadist threat in our public debates – and Congress should make clear that unless NPR provides that public service, not one more dime.

Mr. President, what say you?